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Getting Going January 16, 2020

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It’s always hardest to start.

The semester has begun. Students are pouring in and printing reems of paper, sometimes attempting entire textbooks. Professors are setting up instruction sessions, or discovering textbooks have disappeared from a database. I am throwing myself head first into accessibility of the documents on our website.

I also threw myself back into cardio tonight. I have goals this year, and I want to achieve them! It wasn’t as hard as the first time, it’s just pressing play that was the challenge. No weight loss this week, but I’m back to tracking my food, as well.

I’m deciding which creative project is next. It is really tempting to just keep painting, but I have new ideas for my writing projects, too. And a busy weekend ahead. I may just stick with jotting down ideas.

Usually, it would be DeCon weekend, but not this year. We’re doing fieldtrips instead. Heading to COSI for their After Dark series (adults only). The theme right now is Dangerous Science. There were tarantula photos on their Facebook. I’m a little nervous about that now. Plus Harry Potter and Pokemon events to boot.

Nearly done with Kushiel’s Chosen. The next issue of A Darkened Wish came out yesterday, so I have a comic store trip to make, as well. I finished volume four of Locke & Key, so I’ve started five.

Hope everyone has a nice holiday weekend, I’m planning to head over to Denison on Monday, since we’re off and they aren’t. 🙂

Stormy January January 12, 2020

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Nearly seventy degrees yesterday, down below forty today. Yay Ohio in January.

We had our last quiet week before students return. Another staff change announcement sent a bit of a panic into it, but we’re working through it. I’m working on counting and organizing photos in our archives boxes. First day of class on Monday. Spring semester, here we go.

Nearly done with my first set of miniature painting. I’ll put up a group photo when I get them all done. I’ve got a very detailed mini for the grand finale, of course.

Starting the new year off with more cooking and more activity. First goal is three physical activities a week, and it’s gone pretty well so far. I’m cooking chicken, rice, and veggies for this week’s lunches as I type.

Still working on finishing up reading Locke and Key before it comes out on Netflix. I just received my copy of Vox Machina, volume one, too. Kushiel’s Chosen is still on my Audible, as well.

Happy New Year! January 3, 2020

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I hope everyone is having a great start in 2020!

I celebrated the turn of the year with boardgames, smoked meat, a cozy fireplace, and friends. It was a nice relaxing couple of days after five days of high intensity DnD with another group of friends. Gaming in the new year was a great way to spend my winter break from work.

Back at it now, with the students not returning for another week yet. Work is always quiet over break, but it gives us time to clean up and rework our resources. Lesson learned from my archives project so far: order twice as many photo and slide sleeves as you Think you need.

I received and purchased lots of creative supplies for Christmas, so I have a lot of creating ahead of me. Other goals I’ve set for myself include supporting other creators, letting nonsense pass me by instead of arguing where it doesn’t matter, to save my energy for where it does, and finding fun physical activities to keep me moving more.

We’re heading into convention season, thank you, Mom, for the assist. I got my car fixed over the holidays from a run-in with a mailbox. My health seems to be on an upswing, and therapy is going well.

I am still working my way through Kushiel’s Chosen, and I’m not sure what will be next. Cryptonomicon came in from the library, but I might just pick something lighter.

Turkey Day is Coming November 21, 2019

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Looking forward to next week, full of turkey dinners. Found family, gaming family, and friends. Then a weekend of tabletop gaming. I really enjoy having a job that gives time off for holidays.

This month at work has been a lot of getting ready. Prep for a colleague leaving and reallocating her responsibilities. Prep for the archival work starting next month. Gathering accessibility resources for upcoming web and document work. Looking forward to a productive 2020.

At home, I still working on drawing and writing several new stories. If I can get in gear to draw my gaming characters, I might post those next month. When I get more minis painted, I will post those as well.

In listening, I’m still working on Snow Crash, and The Starless Sea is next. I need to catch up on my comics, too, but my focus has been on creating for these months.

Happy Birthday, Big Brother! November 10, 2019

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Halloween was busy and exhausting last weekend, so I thought I’d save my post for today. To offer birthday wishes to my older brother. I blame the snow this week on you. 😉

Tomorrow is also Veterans Day. Thank you to all who served!

It’s a rare meal prep weekend for me. Beef stew yesterday, all packaged up for lunches this week. Sunday roast for today’s lunch and weeknight dinners. And soon the baking of bacon for breakfasts.

Roast beef, carrots, potatoes, garlic, and onion.

My grant funds arrived on Friday, so in a couple weeks, I’ll get to really dig into that project. In the meantime, we are reorganizing the team that creates student handouts/PDFs, so much instructional design and accessibility work. Not to mention learning Publisher.

Recently listened to The Player of Games by Iain Banks and now I’m trying Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. Two new authors in SciFi for me. So far, I like Banks better.

October Nights October 17, 2019

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Well into Fall now, the trees have all turned and the temps have dropped. Soup and chilli is the order of the day.

I had one conference this week on digital collections in Ohio, and tomorrow is Academic Library Association of Ohio’s yearly conference. Lots of networking and learning this week. Next week begins several weeks of intensively scheduled instruction sessions. Busy times at the college.

I’m doing a lot more drawing and writing lately, as well. Stories for the pictures and pictures for the stories. Nothing complete, just bits of inspiration to get me started. Enjoying it thoroughly. Also learned to use air airbrush to prime miniatures this week. Now to find time to paint them.

In books, I’m still working on Embrace Your Weird (Felicia Day) took a break from Grave Peril (Jim Butcher) because Over the Top (Jonathan Van Ness) came in from the library. I’m behind in my comics because life and creating. 🙂

Autumn Changes October 10, 2019

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The weather has turned, though I’m not counting on hot days being gone, yet. Apples and pumpkins fill beverages, pies, and our weekends.

The fall semester is busy with lots of classes coming in for instruction. I’m teaching about one class a week. I haven’t seen the grant paperwork, yet, but I assume that’s on its way soon. Very much looking forward to getting that going. I have two conference next week: ODNFest and ALAO, so that will keep me busy.

October is a busy social month with cookouts, parties, and Halloween fun to be had every weekend. Still a few more weeks of the RenFaire, as well. Enjoying getting out of the house to hang with friends before it gets really cold.

Slow, but steady progress fleshing out ideas for my writing and drawing. I am working my way through Embrace Your Weird by Felicia Day. It’s all about just putting stuff on paper, even if it’s bad, to unblock your creativity and break down the walls adulthood put up around it. Full of exercises and prompts, so I have to listen with pen in hand. Also on another go round with Dresden, between library borrows.

Photos Up! October 4, 2019

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http://www.catescreativedesign.com/worldtravel/

For anyone who hasn’t seen, yet. Here are about 1100 photos from my Dublin and UK Trip. I had an awesome time, and am excited to go back again. Hopefully, before I have to renew my passport.

Quiet week at work, but we’ll be getting our new supervisor in a couple weeks. Got my flu shot this week. Eager for my big project to start next month. Lots of teaching and conferences this month.

I’m enjoying drafting comic layouts in preparation for making visual stories. Need to finish up the comic crafting lessons and grab a few of the drawing lessons soon. The “finished” pages might go up over at CatesCreativeDesign eventually.

Currently listening to Every Tool’s a Hammer by Adam Savage of Mythbusters fame. Next is finishing Punch Escrow, then Felicia Day’s new book Embrace Your Weird. Also need to catch up on DIE and A Darkened Wish comics which just came out this week.

Autumn Falls September 26, 2019

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We’re into Autumn now, cooler nights and turning trees. The days are still warm, but you can feel the change.

Columbus State does a Day of Service each year, and this time, I got to help work on a house for Habitat for Humanity. Hard hat, hammer, and all.

According to our Newsletter, over 800 volunteers went to 83 sites in Columbus. A good day for all.

More teaching as the same really ramps up, with two classes tomorrow. One for teachers and on for students. Looking forward to a couple conferences in October. And…

I got the Grant for Archival things!!! Still some paperwork to do, but other than that… !!! All the excitement!

At home, working on creative things. Learning about drawing and comics. Getting ready for a combo Inktober and NaNoWriMo. Hoping to make a graphic novel of sorts over the next few months, or at least a few introductory issues. I have some characters to explore.

Been trying to finish up the photos, but it’s a lot. Maybe this weekend.

In books… Listened to Cursed by Benedict Jacka, and Storm Front by Jim Butcher, Karamo by Karamo Brown, Naturally Tan by Tan France. Now I’m on The Punch Escrow by Tal M. Klein because it’s narrated by Matthew Mercer.

August was a Blast August 30, 2019

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My presentation went well. GenCon was packed with fun, games, art, and people. The live show was amazing. My games were fun, we even made friends with the monster in the Cthulhu game.

WorldCon was also a great time. I met all the authors I planned to and a few more. I got books signed, played games, and made new friends. I met The Library Bards and got a picture with them and a signed one of them. I went to panels and concerts and even danced one night away.

Dublin, Edinburgh, Loch Lomond, Glasgow, London, and Bristol made for a very busy sightseeing trip. I saw lots of castles, cathedrals, cemeteries/crypts, buildings, and monuments of all shapes and sizes. Photos will be forthcoming when they are edited and organized.

Back to work this first week of the semester has been a rough transition, but we survived. I caught up on email, and trade mags, and organized the next run of our Research Guide awareness campaign. Next week it’s right back into the swing of welcome fairs and teaching information literacy.

Over vacation I read a Lot of Comics. From Jessica Jones to Ms Marvel to DIE to Locke and Key to Killmonger to Mister Miracle and probably a few more I am forgetting. I finished listening to Fated by Benedict Jacka and will be starting Cursed soon.

Looking forward to football and Ohio Renaissance festival starting this weekend!